HK customs seize military aircraft

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 April, 2006, 12:00am

Updated at 6.16pm:
Hong Kong's customs officials said on Tuesday they had seized a military aircraft - which had its engine and other parts already dismantled - at a container port earlier this week .

A customs spokeswoman told that a 'non-civil use' plane was discovered on Sunday afternoon at Kwai Chung Container Terminal.

She said its engine, guns and some other parts had been dismantled when it was found.

But the spokeswoman said details as to where the plane had been destined for were unavailable on Tuesday afternoon.

The Oriental Daily News and local radio on Tuesday identified the plane as a Russian-made MiG-29 fighter aircraft, but they did not state their sources.

Customs Commissioner Timothy Tong Hin-ming said the plane did not have any firearms on board.

He also said initial investigations showed it was not involved in terrorism or criminal activities.